A study led by East Carolina University, with compadres from the University of Maryland, Oregon State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the U.S. Geological Survey, (but not any universities from Louisiana, Alabama, Florida or Mississippi?) confirmed that oil has affected the Gulf’s ecosystem not only during the blowout, but is also still entering the food system.
What do dogs in Ohio and sea otters in California have in common? Death by liver failure as a result of algal blooms.
A little documentary film called “Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story” was set to be released on Oct 3 at the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History. The film has been indefinitely shelved with only a vague explanation.
Shrimp season may have just opened in the Gulf, but as people show concern over the safety of Gulf seafood, individuals and businesses may begin to look elsewhere, most likely to imports.
This week, Congress is voting on the critically important and extremely timely “Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2009,” (CLEAR Act). The stated purpose of the act was to promote clean energy while heightening safety standards surrounding offshore drilling and other problematic industries in the Gulf. Unfortunately, several important provisions, which would have furthered these stated goals, were dropped from the bill. The bill, which supposedly includes a Gulf of Mexico restoration program, would have banned the destructive and highly contentious practice of offshore aquaculture (also known as factory fish farming) in Gulf waters and would have promoted solar and wind energy on land. Unfortunately, Democratic leaders caved to political pressure and removed these significant provisions. One of the most serious, yet little-known threats to our oceans over the last decade has been the expansion of offshore aquaculture, so why is Congress allowing its creation in the already struggling Gulf?